oxford, Maine

Commissioners OK courthouse repairs

by Matthew Daigle Staff Writer Sun Journal June 26, 2017

PARIS — Oxford County commissioners voted unanimously to accept a $470,220 bid by Hardy Pond Construction to fix the roof and exterior of the Superior Court building, county Administrator Scott Cole said.

The Portland company's bid was the lowest of four. The others were $499,318 from Tito Masonry in Portland, $542,978 from S.J. Wood Construction in Winthrop, and $800,608 from Doten’s Construction in Freeport.

The Oxford County Superior Court building at 26 Western Ave. in Paris is scheduled for roof and exterior repairs this summer. A Portland company was awarded the contract.

For several years, commissioners have been seeking to revamp and expand the two-story brick courthouse atop the hill at 26 Western Ave.

Built in 1895, it is home to Oxford County Superior Court, county administrative offices, the Oxford County Registry of Deeds Office, Oxford County Probate Court and the assistant district attorney's office.

In March, commissioners authorized a $36,000 contract with Portland-based consultant Allied Engineering to coordinate and oversee work on the brick exterior. In May, Cole told commissioners that the expansion, originally scheduled for this summer, was pushed back to next year, allowing time to fix the roof and exterior.